Of­fi­cer Loor pre­sented Honor­able Ser­vice Award

Fra­ter­nal Order of Po­lice rec­og­nizes Loor for his ac­tions in tak­ing armed felon into cus­tody dur­ing bur­glary

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Ham­burg Bor­ough Po­lice Of­fi­cer Tito Loor re­ceived the Honor­able Ser­vice Award from the Fra­ter­nal Order of Po­lice Berks Lodge # 71 on Dec. 14, for his ac­tions and courage to take an armed felon into cus­tody dur­ing an ac­tive bur­glary.

“I think he was coura­geous. He was alone con­fronting an armed felon and he was able to put him­self in harms way in an ef­fort to cap­ture some­body who was com­mit­ting a felony,” said Ham­burg Bor­ough Po­lice Chief Pe­dro Rivera. “The train­ing that we’re pro­vid­ing them is work­ing, mak­ing sure that their de­meanor and con­fi­dence in what they do and can do is first and fore­most. It shows he has tol­er­ance, that al­though the in­di­vid­ual was armed and com­ing at him... he showed re­straint and had com­mand pres­ence and or­dered the sub­ject to dis­arm him­self. It shows that this depart­ment has that sense of re­spon­si­bil­ity to all, even the ac­tor... It shows that we’re pro­fes­sional and pro­fi­cient in what we do.”

Loor has been an of­fi­cer at Ham­burg Bor­ough Po­lice Depart­ment for the past cou­ple of years. He nor­mally works the mid­night shift. Rivera said Loor had con­ducted sev­eral in­ves­ti­ga­tions of bur­glar­ies at Cougle’s Re­cy­cling in Ham­burg this sum­mer.

“Of­fi­cer Loor was in close prox­im­ity to Cougle’s when he re­ceived in­for­ma­tion that the sub­ject had en­tered forcibly into Cougle’s and was in the process of re­mov­ing and steal­ing cop­per items,” said Rivera.

Loor re­quested as­sis­tance and pro­ceeded to Cougle’s. Upon ar­rival, Loor ob­served that a garage door was par­tially open on one of the build­ings, and the lights were on. As he ap­proached, Loor saw the sub­ject in the process of try­ing to get out. The sub­ject saw Loor ap­proach­ing, re­treated back into the build­ing and Loor fol­lowed through the garage door into the build­ing.

“Find­ing the ac­tor with a bat in his hand, threat­en­ing the of­fi­cer,” said Rivera. “Of­fi­cer Loor pulled out his ser­vice pis­tol and or­dered the sub­ject to put the bat down, at which time he did com­ply.”

A cou­ple min­utes later, an of­fi­cer from North­ern Berks ar­rived on scene and helped se­cure the sub­ject.

“He was alone. He was con­fronted by some­body who was armed, with a bat. He was able to keep his com­po­sure and whits about him and main­tained con­trol of the scene,” said Rivera. “He did not know if there were ad­di­tional sub­jects in there so he put him­self in harms way be­cause he could have been at­tacked from the rear but again he was able to

main­tain his com­po­sure, us­ing his train­ing. Kept the in­di­vid­ual in front of him, main­tained a safe dis­tance and was able to get him to dis­arm by putting the bat down ... and se­cured him when the other of­fi­cer ar­rived.”

Rivera said the po­lice depart­ment en­cour­ages lo­cal busi­nesses to have sur­veil­lance cam­eras.

“Those aid law en­force­ment in the abil­ity to pros­e­cute. So now that we have the in­di­vid­ual on video sur­veil­lance, we can use that for pros­e­cu­tion. This in­di­vid­ual has ad­mit­ted to be­ing in Cougle’s sev­eral times with an­other ac­tor. So based on the video and in­for­ma­tion re­ceived and ev­i­dence col­lected, we’re now go­ing to pur­sue in iden­ti­fy­ing the other ac­tor who was with him in the other bur­glar­ies,” said Rivera.

In ad­di­tion, dur­ing the hol­i­day sea­son, Rivera wanted to alert the com­mu­nity that the po­lice are see­ing a lot of pack­age thefts from out front of res­i­dences.

“Be con­scious about what’s com­ing in be­cause we have pack­age thefts tak­ing place,” said Rivera. “Be vig­i­lant. Work with your neigh­bors. If you see some­one sus­pi­cious who is look­ing from right to left to see if any­one is watch­ing them, give us a call so that we may start the in­ves­ti­ga­tion and/ or ap­pre­hend the in­di­vid­ual in the act.”


The Fra­ter­nal Order Of Po­lice Berks Lodge # 71awarded Of­fi­cer Tito Loor, Ham­burg Bor­ough Po­lice Depart­ment with the Honor­able Ser­vice Award on Dec. 14. Pic­tured are Of­fi­cer Tito Loor ( left) and Chief Pe­dro Rivera.

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